13 items from 2012
What makes the Oscar foreign language film category so special, though unfortunately less publicized than big ticket acting, directing, and best picture categories, is its gloriously wide range and inclusion of stories American moviegoers don’t usually get to see.
Whittled down from 71 films that qualified as official entries from countries all over the globe, the Oscar foreign film shortlist of nine movies announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday showcases different cultures, approaches and people, albeit with a general focus on Europeans.
Ranging from an already award-winning drama about an aging couple (Amour) to »
- Solvej Schou
Iceland's shortlisted Oscar entry "The Deep" (spring 2013) is based on the true story of the sole survivor of a downed fishing boat. Baltasar Kormakur is a member of a growing band of truly international filmmakers who make films at home as well as Hollywood. Producer-star Mark Wahlberg starred in "Contraband," Kormakur's remake of his own "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," took a shine to the rugged Iceland actor-director, and went on to make another film with him, the upcoming $80-million actioner "Two Guns," co-starring Denzel Washington. Wahlberg is also producing an HBO pilot with him, "The Missionary." In a year that brought us "Life of Pi" and "The Impossible," it's striking that Kormakur opted to shoot his survival tale on real water. He and his cameraman bobbed in the Atlantic waves off Iceland in order to make believable the plight of his lonely swimmer, talking to birds and himself for hours on the »
- Anne Thompson
Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer have announced the Jury and Audience Awards for the 2nd annual film festival. Showcasing the best of new independent cinema along with the Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, the 2nd annual Nvff, from November 7 – 11, 2012, witnessed a significant increase in attendance over last year’s inaugural festival. Initial estimates range from a 33% to 50% increase; detailed final results will be shared as soon as they are available.
"Our esteemed Jurors and our audiences have recognized a diverse set of cinematic talent," remarked Nvff Executive and Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. "We are delighted with the response to this year's Program and look forward to hosting another batch of exceptional films and filmmakers next year."
Jury Awards for Narrative Features:
Best Narrative Feature ($10,000 Cash Prize presented by Meadowood Napa Valley; wine from Lail Vineyards)
Special Jury Award for Cinematography (wine from Beaulieu (Bv) Vineyard)
Not Waving but Drowning, Cinematographer Nathan Levine-Haney
Special Jury Award for Acting (wine from Freemark Abbey)
Jury Awards for Documentary Films:
Best Documentary Feature (wine from Terlato Family Vineyards)
Special Jury Award for Most Promising Documentary Filmmaker (wine from Hill Family Estate)
Best Documentary Short Subject (wine from Alpha Omega)
The Last Ice Merchant (El Ultimo Hielero), directed by Sandy Patch
Jury Awards for Narrative Short Films:
Best Narrative Short (wine from Chappellet and Fortunati, respectively)
Special Jury Award for Social Impact (wine from Saintsbury)
Put It In a Book, directed by Rodrigo Garcia
Favorite Narrative Feature (wine from Behrens Family Winery)
Favorite Documentary Feature (wine from Peju Province Winery)
Favorite Documentary Short Subject (wine from Chiarello Family Wines)
Favorite Narrative Short (wine from Allora Vineyards)
Favorite Lounge Feature (Narrative or Doc) (wine from Show from Trinchero Family)
Mt. Veeder Peak Performance for Best Acting in a Narrative Feature ($1,000 Cash Prize and wine from Mt. Veeder Appellation)
The 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival Jury consisted of: Jury Co-President Leonard Maltin, respected film critic and historian – perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide” – currently teaching at USC School of Cinematic Arts; Jury Co-President Joe Carnahan, well-known writer/director of films such as The Grey, Smokin' Aces, andNarc; John Horn, Film Editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he has been on staff since 2002 and had previously been on staff at Newsweek and premier magazines; Sydney Levine, having thirty plus years in the film industry including being the first woman in international film distribution at 20th Century Fox; Lisa Schwartz, Executive Vice President of Distribution Operations and Business Development for Sundance Selects and IFC Films; Morrie Warshawski, who has worked in the nonprofit arts and culture sector for over thirty years and formerly served as the Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco; Paul Zaentz, a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who started his movie-making career on the Academy Award winning film Amadeus; Lissa Gibbs, the Executive Director of the Napa Valley College Foundation; T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay, Co-Directors/Co-Editors/Co-Cinematographers of the Oscar-winning documentary, Undefeated, a selection of the 2011 Nvff; Sheila Benson, the Principal Film Critic for the Los Angeles Times from 1981–1991. Affiliated with the National Society of Film Critics and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Sheila has served on juries at film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. Melanie Lynskey, accomplished and versatile actress, originally from New Zealand whose credits include: Win-Win, Up in the Air, The Informant, Away We Go, Flags of Our Fathers, Sweet Home Alabama and her first award-winning role was in Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet; Pat Saperstein, Associate Editor of Variety, where she coordinates festival coverage and daily news. Pat has served on juries at several festivals and has been on numerous panels; and Raj Mathai, NBC Bay Area’s news anchor and personality hosted the Awards Ceremony on Closing Night and received a bottle of Mumm Non-Vintage Brut Prestige. Additionally, the Jury Co-Presidents were presented with 3L bottles of wine: Leonard Maltin was given a Duckhorn 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon and Joe Carnahan was given a Cornerstone Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.
On Friday, November 9, Access Hollywood's Billy Bush hosted the Celebrity Tribute Ceremony which was held at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Nvff honored James Marsden with the “Trailblazer” Tribute; the actor and singer is known for his roles in 30 Rock, Enchanted, Hairspray, and Robot & Frank, whose upcoming films include Two Guns, opposite Denzel Washington, and playing John F. Kennedy in The Butler. James was also presented with a bottle of Grgich Hills 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Nvff’s “Spotlight On” Tribute went to the seductive Alan Cumming, who has created indelible roles in The Anniversary Party, Sweet Land, the hit series The Good Wife, and his powerful performance in Any Day Now (2012 Nvff selection). Alan received a bottle of Ehlers Estate 2008 One Twenty Over Eighty with his award. Nvff presented two “Rising Star” Tributes: Imogen Poots, a talented young British actress who costars in A Late Quartet (Nvff 2012), who received a bottle of Chandon Non-Vintage Brut Classic along with her award; and Adam Driver who has a charming performance in the Nvff 2012 feature, Not Waving But Drowning, whoalso received a bottle of Chandon Non-Vintage Brut Classic with his award. Driver is best known for his roles in HBO's Girls, Angels in America, You Don’t Know Jack and J. Edgar, the latter opening the 2011 Nvff. Host Billy Bush also received a bottle of Allora Vineyards 2008 “Lusso” Cabernet Sauvignon.
In addition to all of the awards given to actors and films, the Nvff highlighted an impressive array of local restaurants from the area, which were recognized throughout the five-day festival in its “Foodspotting Contest.” This year's Master Foodspotter was Elissa Gordon, with almost 25 sightings. The “Silence of the Lamb Barbacoa Taco” from La Condesa was voted this year's "Best Menu Item," and received the most votes for the name and concept. Alexis Baking Co. was awarded the "Crowd Favorite" as they had the most photos, three of each of their five items.
The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival will take place November 6 – 10, 2013. A special holiday pre-sale, through Dec. 15, 2012, offers Festival Passes for $190 (regularly $250) and Pass Plusses for $425 (regularly $500). Both Passes offer five-day access to film, food and wine events. Additionally, 4-pack tickets will be offered, perfect for holiday gift-giving: Four Festival Passes for $680 ($170 each – normally $250 – for a 32% total savings); Four Pass Plusses for $1,560 ($390 each – normally $500 – for a 22% percent savings). To experience the Festival at its most luxurious, Patron Circle membership starts at $2,500 per person (tax-deductible); join the Circle or renew your membership by Dec. 15, 2012 and receive a complimentary Festival Pass for a friend or family member. For more information or to purchase tickets at the best rates to be offered all year, please visit napavalleyfilmfest.org by midnight, December 15, 2012.
About the Napa Valley Film Festival & Cinema Napa Valley:
The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The festival's co-creators – and Cinema Napa Valley co-chairs – are Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers and distributors of the feature film Bottle Shock about the historic upset victory by Napa Valley wines over the French at the1976 wine-tasting competition in Paris. Bottle Shock premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival before going on to international theatrical distribution. The husband-and-wife team also ran the successful Sonoma Valley Film Festival from 2001 through 2008. In addition to producing the annual film festival, Cinema Napa Valley presents special film programs throughout the year and provides support to student filmmaking programs in Napa Valley schools. To learn more, visit www.napavalleyfilmfest.org and follow www.facebook.com/NapaValleyFilmFestival.
- Sydney Levine
As part of an early look at next year’s Oscars, Prize Fighter — in an ongoing series — is highlighting several of the directors and official entries submitted by a whopping 71 countries competing for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
It’s an eerie, almost calm shot, and foreshadows the rest of the film, about an absolutely tragic real-life incident in Iceland in 1984, when a fishing boat capsized off the coast leaving only one survivor, »
- Solvej Schou
Even though it would have appeared Hollywood learned a lesson with this summer’s Battleship which lost Universal $80 million dollars on their extravagant investment, Hasbro and independent production and finance company Emmett/Furla Films have singed a deal to bring more board game properties to the big screen – oh joy.
Making things even more perplexing is the proposed games to be adapted which, with the exception of perhaps Action Man, have even less potential for feature length adaptation than Battleship, and that’s saying something.
Production on Monopoly is hoping to begin in 2013 from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (a perplexing duo whose scripts range from Ed Wood to Agent Cody Banks). Ridley Scott was rumoured for the project a while back as well, though don’t expect to see him jumping on to this one, if he was ever legitimately considering it in the first place. »
- Simon Brookfield
The financial failure of this year's big budget actioner Battleship hasn't stopped producers from attempting to cash in on the worldwide Transformers and G.I. Joe success. Now it's been revealed that three more toy and game brands will be heading to the big screen. Hasbro has signed a new deal with independent production company Emmett/Furla Films to allow them to make movies based on their Hungry Hungry Hippos and Monopoly board games, as well as the UK toy line Action Man. Emmett/Furla, who recently stated that they plan to develop all three properties into family movies with broad appeal, are behind several big name action films coming out next year including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone's The Tomb, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington's Two Guns, and Broken City also »
- Pietro Filipponi
After “Contraband”, Baltasar Kormakur has become a hot commodity. At the moment he’s working on “Two Guns”, another film with Mark Wahlberg, this time co-starring Denzel Washington. In the midst of all of this success, however, Kormakur has been hard at work on another film, called “The Deep”, which has a new, English-subtitled trailer. Based on real life events, the film explores the downside of an everyman who has fame thrust upon him, whether he likes it or not. Here’s a synopsis: “The Deep” (“Djúpið”) is based on a real incident here in Iceland when a small fishing boat sank outside the Westman Islands in the middle of winter in the 80’s and all but one crewmember lost their lives. The film tells the story of this lone survivor and how he spent hours in the freezing cold sea and managed to swim to safety. He reluctantly became »
- Brent McKnight
Baltasar Kormakur's The Deep is a film that he began working on before he made Contraband and has been working on more or less for the last two years. Now deep in to the production of his second Wahlberg film Two Guns, co-starring Denzel Washington it seems that it's finally ready and today we got the exclusive english subbed trailer for your enjoyment.The Deep (Djúpið) is based on a real incident here in Iceland when a small fishing boat sank outside the Westman Islands in the middle of winter in the 80's and all but one crew member lost their lives. The film tells the story of this lone survivor and how he spent hours in the freezing cold sea and managed to swim to »
A Last Supper-inspired banner for The Expendables 2, an international poster for Looper, and concept art from Disney's Frozen.
"Nearly two decades after his death, River Phoenix's final movie, 'Dark Blood', will finally be screened. Director George Sluizer is set to show the film on September 27 at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht…" (full details)
"Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price'; starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, in advance of the movie’s debut at the upcoming Venice and Toronto film festivals… »
- Garth Franklin
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Film and theater financier Norton Herrick has come onboard the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg starrer Two Guns. The producer and his Herrick Entertainment is currently in production on the indie Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. Herrick joins producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Jeffrey Stott, Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby on the big-budget actioner. Based on the graphic novels written by Steven Grant and published by Boom! Studios, the film is being directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband). Pic is currently filming in New Orleans. Herrick’s recent film credits include the supernatural thriller Nightlight. He is also a
- Tatiana Siegel
Edward James Olmos is in talks to join Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in Two Guns, playing dangerous Mexican drug lord Papi Greco, reports Variety. Contraband helmer Baltasar Kormakur reunites with his star Wahlberg for the film which has Washington as a DEA Agent and Wahlberg playing a Navy Seal, who work together even though neither has clue that the other is undercover. After they steal millions from the CIA, they're tangled up with double-crossing associates hell-bent on getting back the cash. Bill Paxton co-stars as a CIA operative in the high ranks while Paula Patton is in as a DEA Agent and possible love interest to Washington's character. »
While he may forever be the wise, crusading Admiral William Adama on Battlestar Galactica to many of us, Edward James Olmos didn’t always play such noble characters. After recently appearing as a serial killer on Dexter, it appears he’s sticking with the dark side, entering negotiations to play the big bad in Universal’s 2 Guns.Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are leading the film, which finds a Navy Seal (Wahlberg) and DEA agent (Washington) who work together, though without realising that they’re both undercover operatives. They steal millions from the CIA, and then discover that there are some very powerful, very violent people who will stop at nothing to get the cash back. Paula Patton is also aboard as one of Washington’s fellow DEA team members, and may also romance him.Assuming he signs on, Olmos will be Papi Greco, a Mexican drug lord who makes »
Exclusive: Denzel Washington, whose most recent action effort Safe House premieres in New York tonight, is in discussions to take on another action drama involving Universal Pictures. He’s in early talks to join Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns, a film that’s based on a Steven Grant graphic novel published by Boom! Studios. Baltasar Kormakur will direct the film. He’s coming off the Universal remake of his own film Contraband, which starred Wahlberg. The script was written by Blake Masters. Marc Platt is producing along with Boom!’s Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie. The financing of the film is still coming together, but my international colleague Nancy Tartaglione is covering Berlin this week and is already hearing that the film will be a hot sales title there. Universal will distribute and market in the U.S. and a deal is close with a co-financier. Washington just completed the Robert Zemeckis-directed Flight, »
- MIKE FLEMING
13 items from 2012
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